Some might call this hunter obsessed, but we say this man was determined after harvesting this buck he’s had his eye on for two-years.
Shane Mayon of Berwick, Louisiana finally got the kill that he had been waiting for. The buck that hunters in the area nicknamed Hightower, had alluded them for nearly two years, and that’s not for a lack of effort.
“Two of my buddies shot at him,” Mayon said. “One guy missed him twice and the other one missed him once. He’d been shot at four times that I know of. He had nine lives for sure.”
He was a giant buck measuring in at 10 points. Hightower would appear on game camera photos about once a week, Mayon tells the Clarion Ledger.
“My neighbors, they would see him also,” the hunter said. “He mostly lived on my piece. I would see him more than anybody else.”
He was a giant buck and many who hunted the area knew about him, but it appeared the deer could deflect bullets and no one could harvest him.
“I saw him for the first time in 2018,” said Mayon. “I hadn’t had a picture of him, but he popped out on a food plot about 300 yards away.”
Hightower would go onto haunt the hunter, looming around the familiar places that Mayon knew.
“He would keep me up at night thinking about him,” he said. “I’d think about him constantly. My wife asked what was wrong with me.”
The buck started to become somewhat of a local legend. By 2019, he grew unto a 12-point buck with a wide inside spread and long, heavy main beams.
The Hunter’s Patience Pays Off
On December 4, Mayon and Hightower would meet again for the last time. He had spent most of his day waiting to see the buck and when evening just started to roll around, Hightower made an appearance.
“I heard a rustling of leaves and it was him coming out of a creek bed,” Mayon said. “When I saw the head I knew it was him.”
The hunter started to get nervous and to further his anxiousness, his scope was set to its highest magnification. This made it harder to find the deer in the scope. However, Mayon was able to adjust his scope and set his sights on the buck.
“I picked a little spot between two trees about 24 inches wide and as soon as I saw brown I put the crosshairs on him and squeezed the trigger,” said Mayon.
Mayon hit Hightower, but he didn’t react like a typical buck would when shot. He trotted away and disappeared into the woods. The hunter sat in his stand for about 30 minutes going over what had just happened and wondered if he missed the buck again.
Then Mayon decided to look for blood but he couldn’t find any. Next, he decided to get down on his hands and knees with a flashlight. That’s when he saw the buck, but had he not expired yet. Mayon lined up the final shot and took it.
“All I could say was, ‘I got him. I got him,’ and a few expletives, of course,” the hunter admits. “I called my wife and she laughed because I started sobbing like a baby, which I’ve never done before.”
It was for sure an emotional moment for Mayon. The culmination of getting to know this animal after three seasons of hunting had ended.
Hightower scored 171. He had a 24-inch spread and 27-inch main beams with 9½-inch G3s and 6½-inch bases. Mayon says it was a buck like none he’d ever encountered and likely won’t again.
“It was a different feeling,” Mayon said. “The work paid off; all the hours and hours of hunting and all the photos.”